Week in Photos: Chinese New Year, Egyptian Tomb, Presidents' Day, More

Week in Photos: Chinese New Year, Egyptian Tomb, Presidents' Day, More
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Mount Vernon, Virginia, February 22, 2007—In a meeting of Georges past and present, U.S. President George W. Bush stands with General George Washington (as played by actor Dean Malissa) at the first President's Virginia estate.

The 43rd President was on hand to commemorate Washington's 275th birthday, which actually fell on February 22. The U.S. federal holiday of President's Day got its start in 1880 as Washington's Birthday and was originally celebrated on the 22nd.

In 1971 the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February, and the name was changed in the late 1980s. Today the occasion honors both Washington and President Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12, 1809.

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